The campaign to free the Royal Marine jailed for killing a Taliban fighter must not be forgotten, says West Midlands MEP James Carver.
“We are days away from Remembrance Sunday when we recall and pay tribute to the millions of brave men and women who have paid the ultimate price serving our country.
“And additionally we take time to think of those in the armed services still fighting for our freedoms and those left with life changing injuries, as well as those carrying the unseen, emotional scars of battle.
“But this year I personally will also be thinking of Sergeant Alexander Blackman who has to spend at least eight years behind bars for shooting a fatally wounding Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2011,” said Mr Carver, a former member of the reserve forces.
Sgt Blackman, known as Marine A at his trial, was jailed in 2013 and became the first UK serviceman to be found guilty of murder in a war zone since the Second World War.
“I feel strongly about this case and believe it is a miscarriage of justice. I fully support the protests that have been staged about it and back writer Frederick Forsyth’s campaign for the conviction to be reduced to manslaughter,” said Mr Carver.
“It seems most appropriate that at this particular time of year that I should highlight Sgt Blackman’s case and that my thoughts are with him and his devastated family,” he added.